Alias   aiyanne-chan
Name   Maxine Chan
Based   United Kingdom
Founded   Changeling Treehouse
Tools   Xara Xtreme

What I draw

I specialise in digital vector artwork in anime or kawaii style.

Growing up, I enjoyed drawing cute and pretty female characters, but have since been inspired by the weird and wonderful character designs of manga artist Eiichiro Oda. Commission me for anime cel-shaded artwork or paper-themed “storybook” chibis!

I’m having lots of fun experimenting and will be sharing more original character designs (presented as vector art, adoptables and model sheets) soon. Check out my take on classic fairy tale characters!

Some sources of inspiration

One Piece anime Poyo Poyo anime HoneyWorks
One Piece Poyopoyo Kansatsu Nikki HoneyWorks' Another Story

Beyblade anime Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso anime My Little Pony
Bakuten Shoot Beyblade Your Lie in April My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

What I write

Having taken a Children’s Literature class at university and bought many books on the subject, I want to share what I know about classic fairy tales. Fairy Bat Tales is a blog that explores the fascinating origins and colourful characters of Fairyland.

I studied Creative Writing for three years and love writing fantasy fiction. They’re scruffy, but the opening chapters of my attempt at an original story, The Changeling Treehouse, can be read at Fairy Bat Tales.

How I made it here

I get spirited away a lot. That’s how I found the Changeling Treehouse.

At university, I studied English and Creative Writing and learnt about words. Then I worked as a copywriter for one year and learnt s’more about words. I did not get spirited away that year and noticed my writing had changed. I realised that I was trying too hard to remind myself how lucky I was, so I left without knowing where I was going.

UK Federation of Chinese Schools gave me a chance to draw professionally. Not long after, the real world went dark. I was at my brother’s hospital bed six days a week, documenting his progress seven days a week, working the family business two nights a week and illustrating seven days a week.

The experience made me see writing and drawing differently. I wouldn’t be able to live without these two things, so I’m having a go at living by these two things, because even though my brother is better, he needs my support. This road is back-breaking, but it’s lined with kind and talented people and filled with lots of exciting challenges. Keep an eye on my progress and subscribe!

Some things that make me happy